52 new COVID-19 cases in Manipur; total reaches 552

The total numbers of COVID-19 cases in Manipur reached 552 on June 17 with the detection of 52 fresh cases in the past 24 hours.

Manipur now has 360 active cases.

On June 17, 33 persons were discharged from RIMS after they were found COVID-19 free during their RT-PCR test. The total number of recovered cases in the state went up to 192.

In the last 24 hours, 52 persons were confirmed as COVID-19 positive cases from the VRDLs of RIMS and JNIMS. Among the new case, there were 20 females. As many as 30 positive cases were detected from VRDLs at RIMS while 22 cases were detected from JNIMS.

The new cases were reported from Bishnupur (10), Churachandpur (1), Chandel (4), Imphal West (2), Kakching (4), Kamjong (1), Kangpokpi (4), Thoubal (6) and Ukhrul (20) districts.

Officials said that all the fresh cases were from among returnees from other states. They were being shifted to the COVID Care facilities. All necessary medical precautionary measures like containment and contact tracing were in place.

Manipur Health department spokesperson Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang on June 17 said that ‘trace, test and treat’ are the most effective medical strategies against COVID-19 pandemic.

The official said that enhancing testing capacity is necessary and under the initiatives of the central and state governments, five RT-PCR machines were now working at the VRDLs of RIMS and JNIMS. In addition, three Truenat machines were also now used for COVID-19 testing.

The testing average is around 1,200 per day in the state. At this rate, the backlogs in the two VRDLs are likely to be cleared soon, he added.

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